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Grantville Gazette IV (Grantville Gazette: Print Version #4)

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After the West Virginia town of Grantville was unceremoniously hurled back through time to the 1630s, the seventeenth century would never be the same. Teenage capitalist girls have formed an investment group; a linotype operator, whose profession was wiped out by computers, finds a new life in an old century; a narrow gauge railroad, with a sit-down mower doubling as a ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by Baen Books (first published June 2008)
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Daniel Shellenbarger
Shockingly, Grantville Gazette IV is the fourth in the print editions of the Grantville Gazette e-zine set in the Ring of Fire (or Assiti Shards, or 1632, whichever you like) universe. As with the other editions, apart from the preface and the first short story, the stories aren't written by Eric Flint but by various contributors. Frankly, these are basically B-Sides short story compilations compared to the larger Ring of Fire anthologies, though unlike those anthologies, these are split between ...more
Leelan
Jun 25, 2008 Leelan rated it liked it
Recommends it for: most fans of alternative world SciFi
Another good book in the Ring of Fire series but not a great book. There are only a few short stories in this edition and they are read all too quickly. The last portion of the book are essays on technology etc that have some bearing on where the Ring of Fire might take the inhabitants of this alternate Earth.

There is rather bad news given at the very end of the book. There will be no further printed editions of the Gazette. If you want any more you will have to buy the downloads. This is a grea
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Eric
Jul 21, 2008 Eric rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I've just got this book to be picked up at my friend Joie's bookstore so I can't give a review yet, but I know I'll like it. It's a continuation of the "1632" alternate-history series, where a very small West Virginia mining town is transported intact to central Germany in the midst of the Thirty Years' War. Many authors have worked on this series, and the editors are very strict about keeping the logical consequences of their "one impossible thing" consistent and realistic. The Gazette began as ...more
Topher
Jul 01, 2008 Topher rated it it was amazing
A town in west virginia, based upon a real WV town as it existed on a specific date (4/2/2000 I think) is transported back in time to the middle of the 30 years war.

Excellent research, wide open universe (think there are over 50 authors at this point, and at least 10 full length books). Lots of thoughts on what the impact would be in science, econ, military, etc.

Mostly very well written (some unevenness in the gazette series as many of the authors are first time published, but all are at least
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Josh
Nov 24, 2012 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent collection of short stories, but too few in number for someone more interested in the characters and stories of the Ring of Fire universe than of essays on technological redevelopment. "Fact" section is too lengthy for my tastes here, but the writing on the short stories is quite good and lends nice flavor around the edge from the main novels overall.
Thomas Forsythe
Jul 02, 2009 Thomas Forsythe rated it really liked it
The 1632 series is a fun alternate history story that follows a "what if" situation where a small Virginia town is transplanted back in time to the 30 years war in Germany. Eric Flint writes the series with several other well known authors. This book collects a series of short stories from various authors.
Brandt Anderson
Jul 13, 2014 Brandt Anderson rated it really liked it
Always love the Gazettes. Contributes greatly to the overall 1632 universe and best of all the fans submit stories than can be accepted and edited to enhance the main series.
Mitzy
May 07, 2013 Mitzy rated it liked it
BE SURE TO READ "1632" before reading any others in this series, it will set the scene. Most was good, I skipped the parts on how to build a machine gun and how to drill for oil.~
Kevin
Nov 19, 2012 Kevin rated it really liked it
A nice group of short stories in the 1632 series. While these might not serve to advance the primary plots much, seeing the ingenuity and adaptability of the series and the characters is always fun.
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Eric Flint is a New York Times bestselling American author, editor, and e-publisher. The majority of his main works are alternate history science fiction, but he also writes humorous fantasy adventures.
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Grantville Gazette: Print Version (6 books)
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